I was shocked to read all the bad reviews of this film! From start to finish it was action packed, i couldn't keep my eyes off the screen! Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart both play their characters so well it was better than Olympus has Fallen...although i loved that film also. I was surprised that so many of these reviews say there is not much action. The action starts within minutes of the film beginning. It is a must see movie for those action lovers. My brother and i read the reviews prior to watching the film and were reluctant but so glad we kept an open mind. You wont regret <more>
watching this film! Gerard Butler you continue to impress me!!!
Exciting from start to finish - WOW! (by phd_travel)
Hands down the most exciting thriller in years. The pace is just right and the story is well laid out by establishing the reason for the attack by taking out the the arms dealer in the beginning. Things move quickly from DC to London where rather tongue in cheek humor shows the different heads of state including a woman for Germany and an older man with a young lady/ mistress for Italy. The action is very well done. Nothing deja vu here. You've get everything here. Firstly the disaster sequences are well done - not fake looking because they aren't over the top, from car bombs to <more>
bridges and Westminster Abbey blown up to boats exploding. The helicopter sequence is outstanding and quite scary. Then there are some pretty impressive fight scenes that are brisk and fresh. The street fighting scenes are almost video game like but entertaining. Finally even though you know the outcome, the threat of online beheading is quite scary.Gerard Butler is surprisingly right for the role - believable in his action and convincing in his determination. He acts like someone who could pull it off and delivers some snappy one liners. Aaron Eckhart plays the President who can handle a weapon. Good support from Angela Bassett and of course Morgan Freeman is the Vice President. Charlotte Riley handles things on the British side and she is not too glamorous to be unrealistic.There may be a bit of political incorrectness in the way there the "terrorists" are dispatched rapidly and in large quantities. But that's the nature of this type of movie and there are white villains too. The director is of Iranian descent and does a terrific job.Well done - much better than "Olympus Has Fallen".
Fair enough if you're looking for something highly intelligent, or realistic, you won't enjoy this. But that's not the kind of movie this is! You wouldn't go to watch a comedy then complain that it's not scary enough, so why complain an action film isn't realistic? As the saying goes "don't judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree" As far as this film goes within its own genre, I would say it was excellent. Switch your brain off for a couple of hours, it's fun, it's full of action, it's visual impact is impressive and there's even a few <more>
of the obligatory cheeky one liners to raise a smile. If you want highbrow, arty, sci-fi, romcom, fact based or any other genre, then watch a title to fit one of those descriptions. When you're in the mood for stunning effects and disaster, I highly recommend this or its predecessor.
Exciting movie with excellent visual effects & great action. A really good follow up to Olympus Has Fallen. I would say it's more of an 8 to 8.5 so I rated it a 9 since the overall 6.5 rating is stupidly low. Your prototypical movie critics are usually a little loony with a group think mentality & they stick their snobbish noses in the air on movies like this & help drag down the ratings. It's definitely better than that. Story is simplistic but so are most movies. 1 minor implausible tidbit but I'll not be a spoiler. Figure it out for yourself. It in no way deterred <more>
my enjoyment of the film. The acting was solid but no one is going to win an award, it's not that kind of flick. A thrilling action ride that will get you on the edge of your seat for much of the film. Go see it & have a good time.
So much more fun than I was expecting in a 'so bad it's good' nostalgic way ! (by Hellmant)
'LONDON HAS FALLEN': Four and a Half Stars Out of Five Sequel to the surprise 2013 B-action flick hit 'OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN'; which like 'WHITE HOUSE DOWN', of that same year , is basically 'DIE HARD' in the White House. This one is set on the streets of London; where Secret Service 'super agent' Mike Banning is once again defending President Benjamin Asher, from vicious terrorists. Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster, Radha Mitchell and Sean O'Bryan all reprise their roles from the original <more>
film ; they're joined by newcomers Alon Moni Aboutboul, Waleed Zuaiter, Mehdi Dehbi, Charlotte Riley Tom Hardy's wife and Jackie Earle Haley. Screenwriters Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt once again co-wrote the movie they also co-scripted 'THE EXPENDABLES 3' , along with Christian Gudegast and Chad St. John. Iranian- Swedish filmmaker Babak Najafi made his American film debut, directing the movie replacing Antoine Fuqua, from the original . I really enjoyed this film!The British Prime Minister has passed away, and all the western world leaders are invited to his funeral in London . Mike Banning Butler , the toughest secret service agent that ever lived, is once again escorting President Asher Eckhart . Hundreds of armed mercenaries, under the command of a ruthless terrorist Aboutboul , attack everyone in attendance; killing several world leaders, slaughtering hundreds of civilians and destroying multiple London landmarks. Banning will stop at nothing, to get the President out of there alive.The movie is such a great throwback to the B-action flicks of yesteryear especially the 80s and early 90s ; back when almost everything was a 'DIE HARD' ripoff! I was so surprised at how brutally violent it is. Butler seems like he stepped out of a time machine, to play his 'badass' role! The movie is filled with cheesy dialogue, weak special effects and completely unbelievable action scenarios; but it's also relentlessly entertaining in the process. I enjoyed it a lot more than the original and 'WHITE HOUSE DOWN' as well . It's just so much more fun than I was expecting in a 'so bad it's good' nostalgic way !Watch our movie review show 'MOVIE TALK' at: https://youtu.be/vlqkdyuq2zY
A worthy sequel that's even better than its predecessor! (by jmcd2007)
"London Has Fallen" is the best action film that I've had the pleasure to watch so far this year! As expected, a good majority of the cast comes back as well, which is a nice touch. Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, and Morgan Freeman are ALL in top form here! An interesting thing about this sequel is that you don't necessarily have to watch "Olympus Has Fallen" which was still good in order to understand this film...unless you just want more of a background on the relationship of the characters. In any case, I liked the fact that this film once again <more>
resembled a more grittier version of "Die Hard" too, as I am also a fan of that series as well.It should also be noted that Mike and his wife are expecting a child and have devoted a room in their home as the child's future nursery. Mike's wife originally expresses concern about him going on another mission with the President, but accepts what he is about to do anyway and wishes him luck.The central focus of this film basically has U.S. Special Forces soldier turned Secret Service agent Mike Banning protecting the President once again, as they go on an unexpected trip to London, England after it is revealed that the country's Prime Minister, James Wilson, has died. President Asher and several other world leaders have basically been called upon to join as one as they honor the Prime Minister's life and end up meeting at a large Cathedral which is located in the heart of London.However, just as Banning and the President, along with Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs make their way to the Cathedral, pandemonium ensues as terrorists, led by Aamir Barkawi, who is #6 on the FBI's "10 Most Wanted" list, infiltrate the heavily guarded area. An impressive amount of action occurs at this point, including a well thought out car chase sequence as Banning speeds through the streets with the President and Director Jacobs at they try to outrun the terrorists. At this point in the film, we find out that former Speaker of the House Allan Trumbull Freeman , who is now the United States Vice President, is overseeing all major U.S. operations and is working with the President's staff in the White House Situation Room, receiving updates on the situation as time goes by.Eventually, however, as the President, Director Jacobs and Banning all board the Presidential helicopter, it unfortunately gets shot down, with everyone surviving except Director Jacobs, who appears to have been wounded by a piece of shrapnel from the helicopter crash. With not much time to spare, the President and Banning say their final goodbyes to Director Jacobs and depart from the wreckage before the terrorists catch up to them.Not long after, Banning and the President find an MI6 approved bulletproof government vehicle it looks like a BMW and use it to try and make their escape. Unfortunately, they are ran off the road by one of the terrorist's trucks and the President is kidnapped. Knowing this, Banning then teams up with government officials presumably the U.S. Delta team to track down the President, who is being held hostage by Kamran Barkawi, Aamir's son and one of his henchmen. Just as Kamran is about to decapitate the President, Banning bursts through the doors and gets into a brief fistfight with Kamran, only for him to flee. Not letting him get away, Banning orders the Delta team to blow the building's gas lines as he successfully escapes, with not a moment to spare, with the President of the United States. Kamran is then killed along with his thugs in the process.An interesting plot twist with this film, however, revolves around Jacqueline "Jax" Marshall, a British MI6 agent, who has been working in tandem with Banning and U.S. officials during this whole situation. She discovers that MI5 Intelligence Chief John Lancaster Patrick Kennedy is the traitor who helped Barkawi and the terrorists and then ends up killing him in self-defense. Once Barkawi's compound in Yemen is discovered by U.S. officials, Trumbull calls Barkawi and lets him know that he has lost. Barkawi is ultimately killed by a U.S. airstrike or drone strike on his compound.Before the film ends, Vice President Trumbull is seen on T.V. addressing the nation on the crisis while Banning is typing up a resignation letter to the U.S. government. Once Trumbull assures the American public that the U.S. will prevail, Banning deletes the letter of resignation and the film ends.In summary, even if you weren't a fan of the first film or didn't get the chance to see the first film, I'd highly recommend seeing this one. Moreover, if you're a fan of action films with a sensible story plot, then this film is for you. With that being said, I will definitely be picking this one up once it is available for purchase!
Far Better Than Most Idiot Comments Suggest! (by twogunrosie)
Terrific movie! Suspenseful with so much surprise action I'm pretty sure I left marks in the theater armrests. Special effects were awesome and realistic.It's interesting reading all the lame comments and expectations of what the directors should have done, how the plot was poorly written, acting was horrible, etc, etc. This movie was created as an action flick with a goal to entertain, and on that note it scored BIG TIME. It was entertaining and exciting all the way through.Some people have accused the movie of being racist. The fact of the matter is, that it's more realistic in <more>
that sense than we'd like to admit. But please note that some of the bad guys were, in fact white.
Clichéd But Still Entertains (by sraavan-narayanan)
I don't understand why people are being so political here. This is an action movie. in fact one of the best action movies this year. The CGI could have seriously been better cause its "Hollywood" but anyways through the movie there is something new and interesting happening. Even though we know where it will end and who and all will survive, still each and every scene turns out to be interesting. Banning surely has a style while shooting terrorists, surely works out. And could have avoided some unnecessary dialogues but still its fun and ought to be seen. The acting was quite <more>
casual and could have been more serious in the places where it should have been. But still a movie that every person can enjoy
You can usually rely on Millennium films to supply you with that needed dose of mindless action violence. Be it the expendables, Rambo or any of their DTV movies, they all usually have something in common. A sense of fun.London has Fallen, is not as good as the first movie, but crams in a great dose of action in its 99 minutes run time. Let down slightly by its sometime poor CGI, typical of a lot of Millennium films, there are some great action scenes throughout the English Capital. Thankly the producers stuck to an R rating, as some of the violence is extreme.Gerard Butler is great in the <more>
lead, and makes a great action hero. His character in this sequel is quite sadistic in places, but I felt it just added to his character. Eckhart is good, but given less to do than Butler. The supporting cast, other than Charlotte Riley, are all pretty much short changed, with a lot of them possibly filming their parts in a few days. Morgan Freeman's first appearance, meeting Butler in the White House, looks as if it was filmed separately from the rest of the movie.Director Babak Najafi does a great job with the action, especially with a one take action scene in a London Alleyway. The scene only let down slightly by poor effects work. He may not be up to the standards to Olympus has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua, but carries it off well.